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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" returned steady in TV ratings on Monday, the Season 18 premiere that will forever be better known as "the apology episode."
Steady these days is a win.
"Ellen" drew a 1.9 household rating, flat with the prior September's premiere. That was good enough to finish second to "The View" (a 2.7 rating).
"Ellen" was able to grow a bit year over year among adults 25 to 54, posting a 0.9 rating. That was up from a 0.8 last year.
Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Controversy in Season 18 Premiere: 'She Didn't Hold Anything Back,' Source Says
Ellen DeGeneres "knows that it's on her to make sure everyone feels like they're being heard and valued," a source tells PEOPLE"She didn't hold anything back," a source tells PEOPLE about DeGeneres' opening monologue. "It was poignant and funny and very much a candid take on what happened over the summer. She understands her audience wants to hear from her and is looking forward to talking directly to them on Monday.
Daytime talk shows skew more towards women, and DeGeneres beat or tied the competition among those categories. "Ellen" led the ranks on Monday with a 0.6 rating among women 18-34 and a 0.8 rating among women 18-49.
Ellen DeGeneres' talk show tied with "The View" among women 25-54 — both got 1.1s.
DeGeneres', which was not , was intended to address reports from the summer about a toxic work environment at the Warner Bros. talk show.
WarnerMedia's subsequent investigation into multiple accusations of workplace and sexual misconduct, as first reported by BuzzFeed News, resulted in "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" removing three of its top producers: Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.
Celebs Show Support For Ellen DeGeneres After She Addresses Toxic Workplace Allegations
Ellen DeGeneres is back, and she’s got a lot to talk about. The host returns to her studio Monday for the first episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” season 18 and starts things off with a monologue addressing the allegations of a toxic work environment that emerged over the summer. RELATED: Ellen DeGeneres Promises ‘We’reThe host returns to her studio Monday for the first episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" season 18 and starts things off with a monologue addressing the allegations of a toxic work environment that emerged over the summer.
In a memo to staff back in July, DeGeneres said she was "disappointed" to learn that employees felt mistreated while working on her show and committed herself to "ensuring this does not happen again."
"If you're watching because you love me, thank you. If you're watching because you don't love me, welcome," DeGeneres joked at the top of her Monday monologue, which was delivered in front of a virtual audience.
"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic environment here at our show," she said. "And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I'm so sorry to the people who were affected."
Watch the Season 18 premiere's monologue.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Season 18 Return On Par With 2019 Premiere, Leads Syndication Pack
The Ellen DeGeneres Show drew solid ratings in its Season 18 premiere Monday, in which DeGeneres addressed allegations of a toxic workplace that had emerged over the summer. The series opener earned a 1.9 rating and 6 share among Households, improving its lead-in 1.2/4 by +58% in rating and 50% in share, and steady vs its year-ago September time period average rating of 1.9/6.
Video: Ellen DeGeneres Returns, Insists She's Not a Phony: 'I Get Sad. I Get Mad' (Entertainment Weekly)
How NBC's 'Transplant' Has Become a Stealth Hit .
"Transplant" upgraded its title from a double entendre to a triple entendre when NBC imported the medical drama from Canada. Turns out, that international acquisition was a wise move — especially if you ask the folks at TiVo. (Yes, that company is still a thing, more or less.) The series, which centers on an ER doctor who fled his native Syria for Canada, is currently the most-watched scripted series on broadcast television, averaging 5.2 million total viewers per episode. (CBS' "NCIS" will definitely have something to say about that when it returns next month as more established series come back on air following production delays due to the pandemic.